“You, oh king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, and into whose hand He has given wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all…”
In part 1, we engaged the idea that all authority is given by God and we as believers, and fiercely dependent men, are to honor the authority figures in our lives as we honor God. In this round we are going to turn coin and address how we are to operate as authority figures, placed by God. That’s right; I just called you an authority figure. Like it or not, you are a leader. Disagree?
Take a look at where I get this idea. First, in the Garden of Eden God made man, He then made woman to be man’s helpmate (Genesis 2:18, 20). Now hold up, because some of you just went the wrong direction with that word. I said helpmate: not slave, servant, or day laborer, but helpmate: helper, partner, assistant. In other words, the woman’s role is to partner with the man, follow his leadership and empower and influence him in his role. Her job is not to do everything for you, her job is to encourage you to do yours to the best of your “God-given” ability.
Ok, now that we have that cleared up, let me continue. God made man first, he made man to lead. So really the question I would pose is not; are you leading? But rather, how are you leading? If you are a man, you are a leader, whether you are a good leader or not, God designed you to be in authority. For some of you this may be easy to understand, you might be an employer, a soldier, a husband, a father, or a pastor. But here is my challenge to the single man, the student, the young man in the church or the low man on the totem pole in the workforce…you ARE leading someone. There is someone in your sphere of influence that looks up to you and will make decisions based on how you make yours. Whether you are an obvious leader or not, do not take lightly the responsibility of being a “God-designed vessel of authority”.
Remember men, fierce dependency upon Jesus in all things. This isn’t just a clever mantra we came up with to slap on a business card; it is a way of life. A fiercely dependent man recognizes his God given role as a leader and then steps up and does it in Christ’s strength. Exercising Godly authority is not stepping out in front and bulldozing all who get in your way. Humble yourselves. Godly authority is leading from the trenches. It is service; putting others lives and needs ahead of your own. It is taking the fire that was meant for someone else. When the enemy attacks someone in your sphere, Godly leadership is throwing down your shield for them in prayer and action to protect them from the lies of our murderous adversary. Godly authority is a high calling men, but it is one that, through the grace of Jesus, you have been equipped to fulfill and to do so with excellence.